2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Center Jacob Winkler (senior, Lancaster, Mo., Schuyler R-1 HS) erupted for a career-high 26 points but a late run carried William Penn University past the Central College men’s basketball team in a 92-83 Dutch loss Wednesday night.
Winkler shot 60 percent from floor as Central (4-1) had its chances to knock off the undefeated NAIA Statesmen. The Dutch erased an eight-point first-half deficit and a last-second KJ Cool (guard, senior, Chillicothe, Mo., Newtown Harris R-3 HS) 3-pointer sent Central into the locker room down 44-43. The game was tight the rest of the way until 5:29 remained. With the score knotted up at 74-74, William Penn’s Taylor Stoutner drained three 3’s to fuel a 12-2 run and close the door on the Dutch.
“Those three possessions were the difference,” coach Craig Douma said. “We also had three good looks, but our shots just didn’t go down.”
Winkler also had nine rebounds. Guard Nick Marinkovich (junior, Clarendon Hills, Ill., Hinsdale Central HS) downed five 3-pointers to finish with 17 points. Forward Matt Greenfield (junior, Huxley, Ballard HS) posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Branden Stubbs (junior, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines Christian HS) dished 10 assists.
“We did a good job finding the mismatch with Winkler,” Douma said. “Branden played well, especially in the first half, getting the dribble penetration and then kicking it out to get good looks.”
Central shot 44.8 percent from the floor and knocked down 11-of-25 (44 percent) shots from long range. William Penn placed five players in double figures and was led by Stoutner with a game-high 29 points. The Statesmen shot 48 percent behind the arc.
“They have so many offensive weapons,” Douma said. “They made it tough on us and we won’t play another team like that all year. They’ll be making a run for the NAIA championship.”
The men are home Saturday in a non-conference contest with Iowa Wesleyan University at 3 p.m. The Tigers are 5-6 overall.